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The bishops urged political leaders to find “creative” ways to build peace in the Middle East and “to build bridges, not walls.”
Despite the immense destruction still evident in Gaza following the war there last summer, the resilience of the people gave hope to 16 bishops of the Holy Land Coordination during their Jan. 11-12 visit to the Gaza Strip.
One boy's words continued to resonate with Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M. The boy, who was the last student to speak to the bishops before they left Holy Family School in Gaza, told them he simply wanted dignity.
NCR Today: Once the Palestinian population exceeds the Israeli Jewish one, you will have a situation akin to what existed in apartheid-era South Africa.
A doctor refused to treat an elderly Jewish woman: “Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she will get rid of the pain.”
The story of the Middle East for 2014 is one of war and displacement, broken families and tireless aid workers and the rise of a new terrorist group.
A flurry of international actions favoring Palestinian statehood came within the last few weeks of 2014.
"Jewish, Arab, and Druze are coming together here to play football, which breaks down barriers between communities."
The Holy Land last week witnessed one more act of violence. The event accelerated the slide toward a complete breakdown of relations between Israelis and Palestinians and the start of a third intifada. In the tumultuous climate of today's Middle East, a Palestinian uprising would hold ominous repercussions for the region and the world, but most of all for the Palestinians themselves.
On Nov. 23, the Israeli Cabinet approved a new "nationality law" and sent it to the Knesset, Israel's parliament, for ratification. Immediately, a fierce constitutional debate broke out. Did the bill privilege Jewish ethnicity over democratic equality?